Ron was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1944 and migrated with his family to Northern California in 1952. Before graduating Encina High School in 1962, Ron played several varsity sports and was a life guard during the summer months. Studying Aeronautical Engineering was his passion in college. Ron is a master plumber and stained-glass craftsman. He is an avid Corvette hound, owning a ‘57, ‘62 and a ‘67 throughout his life. Due to the current economy Ron may opt for a hybrid now.
In 1982, at the age of 36, Ron unfortunately came to prison. After serving over 26 productive years, he finally gained his long overdue release on Thursday, May 21. During his incarceration, Ron has been instrumental in starting and enhancing many prison programs: Victim Offender Reconciliation Group (VORG) whom he worked with Wes Stevens and Father Rodriguez to bring into CSP-Solano (1986), and later Victim Offender Learning Together (Volt) at the California Medical Facility; Foothills Running Club at Solano (1986), receiving large popularity and media attention for its successful fund-raising efforts to purchase timing devices, trophies, monthly news letters, and organizing running events with prizes awarded.
In 1965, Ron joined the Army, 149th Division, and received an honorable discharge for his service. Shortly after arriving at San Quentin, Ron involved himself with the Vietnam Veterans Group San Quentin (V.V.G.S.Q.) and subsequently held several executive body positions and chaired multiple committees. In giving back, he has been a key part in helping VVGSQ flourish and gain national recognition, along with responding with the development of the Veterans Issues Group (VIG). The VIG provides weekly therapy meetings of therapeutic modules that run from eight weeks to six plus months with representatives from many active outside community veteran organizations. Recognized nationally for its verified results of benefits rendered, VIG has been providing self-help assistance for over ten years. Ron also co-wrote the Senate Select Committee Report that is utilized by several senators during their discussions regarding the plight of incarcerated veterans.
As an original member of the Buddha Dharma Sangha (Soto Zen) meditation group in 1999, meeting every Sunday, Ron has embraced his practice, accepted Lay Ordination (2002) and has continued to be an inspiration for many others. Also, as an original member, Ron also enjoyed the weekly Hatha Yoga sessions with James Fox, Yoga Instructor; has volunteered with the Christmas Toy Program for over 10 years; served as a youth counselor mentoring at-risk youth through the R.E.A.L. Choices Program since 2003; and, worked in PIA since being at the “Q” – in the capacity of desk assembly Leadman for the last several years.
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE
Being a veteran, Ron paroled to the Veterans Administration Transitional Housing Program where literally everything is provided. He will begin another opportunity to serve and give back to his community. Ron’s son, daughter, sister and family are very happy that he has finally been released. Ron walked out Thursday with a few final words, “Be compassionate towards your fellow man,” and “Be active in the programs.”